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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 is a Near Earth Object. If you've heard news about a potential impact of this asteroid with the Earth, please check out Will Asteroid Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 is currently in the constellation of Draco. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 is 10h 18m 53s and the Declination is +78° 08’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 is 21.31 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

10h 18m 53s
+78° 08’ 27”
  • 2021 AV5 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North-North-West direction at an altitude of 57° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2021 AV5 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2021 AV5 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 in Draco on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 in Draco on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 from Earth is currently 5,145,338 kilometers, equivalent to 0.034394 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17.1630 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 and arrive to us.

17.1630 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth.

Closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 to Earth happens on Thu Jan 14 2021 at a distance of 0.011934 Astronomical Units, or 1,785,367 kilometers:

Thu Jan 14 2021

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 is 21.31.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 is circumpolar and transits at 02:17 UTC (altitude: 63.3°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19328878
Orbit inclination i 13.98878174°
Perihelion distance q 0.98612175 AU
147,521,714 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.45867318 AU
218,214,403 km
Semi-major axis a 1.22239747 AU
182,868,059 km
Orbital period period 1.3500 years
493.6477 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-28 20:27:49
2,459,212.3527 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-May-06 12:00
2,459,706.0003 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 341.51888056086°
Longitude of the ascending node node 114.18136718048°
Mean anomaly M 205.50326150628°
Mean motion n 0.72926507°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5
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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2021 AV5 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 14 05h 31m 09s +07° 56’ 43” 18.34 Orion
2021 Jan 15 05h 50m 44s +29° 46’ 33” 18.18 Auriga
2021 Jan 16 06h 15m 47s +48° 08’ 29” 18.65 Auriga
2021 Jan 17 06h 47m 58s +60° 48’ 59” 19.30 Lynx
2021 Jan 18 07h 28m 44s +68° 52’ 10” 19.90 Camelopardalis
2021 Jan 19 08h 18m 06s +73° 46’ 18” 20.42 Camelopardalis
2021 Jan 20 09h 13m 05s +76° 33’ 43” 20.86 Camelopardalis
2021 Jan 21 10h 07m 41s +77° 57’ 14” 21.23 Draco
2021 Jan 22 10h 56m 08s +78° 28’ 18” 21.56 Draco
2021 Jan 23 11h 35m 48s +78° 29’ 30” 21.84 Draco
2021 Jan 24 12h 06m 54s +78° 15’ 17” 22.10 Camelopardalis
2021 Jan 25 12h 30m 57s +77° 54’ 00” 22.32 Camelopardalis
2021 Jan 26 12h 49m 36s +77° 30’ 06” 22.53 Camelopardalis
2021 Jan 27 13h 04m 10s +77° 05’ 53” 22.71 Camelopardalis